Last fall, the Spektral Quartet commissioned more than 40 contemporary composers to create mini new-music masterpieces to serve as ringtones and alerts on mobile devices. The Quartet will present them all at its "Mobile Miniatures" release party in Chicago at Constellation on Saturday, March 29 at 8:30 p.m.
Warner Classics has signed the U.K.'s Aurora Orchestra to a three-album deal. This is the first announced signing for Warner under the new regime (since the acquisition of what was the EMI and Virgin Classics catalogs, and an artists and repertoire process that is now run by Alain Lanceron and Jean-Philippe Roland, both from the EMI ranks).
No, classical music isn't dead. In fact, classical music has become the latest vanity endeavor for most contemporary musicians.
Classical radio station WQXR will host a Google Hangout on air with pianist Simone Dinnerstein, who will play music of J.S. Bach and talk about the composer's music with a group of special guests, including composer Nico Muhly and writer Paul Elie, author of Reinventing Bach.
Three-time Grammy-winning contemporary music ensemble eighth blackbird returns with another awe-inspiring performance, Still in Motion, at one of New York City's most storied work spaces, The Kitchen.
This may go down as the weirdest classical music story of 2013, getting in just before the year winds down. According to the U.K.'s tabloid 'Daily Star' newspaper, a Merseyside farmer has discovered that playing classical music to his hens encourages them to lay more eggs.
Pianist Simone Dinnerstein's newest album, a recording of J.S. Bach’s Inventions and Sinfonias, will be released by Sony Classical in the U.S. on January 21, 2014. Following the release of the album, Dinnerstein will embark on a concert tour, performing Bach’s Inventions in cities throughout the U.S.
Last spring, Russell Rolen, cellist of the Spektral Quartet, thought of a creative way to replace the annoying default ringtones on his mobile phone. He decided to ask composers he knew to write short pieces of contemporary music to serve as ringtones, alarms and alerts.
The Metropolitan Opera presents the U.S. premiere of Nico Muhly's 'Two Boys' tonight at 8:00 p.m. This Met-commissioned opera tells the story of an elaborate internet deception that led to the murder of the teenage computer prodigy who orchestrated the scam.
You can still hear eighth blackbird before they fly the Chicago coop. The Grammy-winning new music group will present a program dominated by Chicago-area composers on Wednesday, August 28 at Millennium Park--including a première by Glenn Kotche, a composer more widely known as the drummer from rock band Wilco.
A proposal by vaunted Northern Ireland and Middle East peace negotiator, former U.S. Senator George Mitchell, that the Minnesota Orchestra end its 11-month lockout was just shot down by both board and management.
"The Minnesota Orchestra Composer Institute has been a beacon in the field, and had substantially enriched the Minnesota Orchestra’s stature as a forward-thinking cultural institution." -- Philip Glass, John Corigliano, David Lang, Kevin Puts, Nico Muhly, et al.
Some composers are good at titles for their music. Others aren't. Most don't bother, as Classicalite reflects when we hear that so-and-so has written his "Symphony No. 1." Aren't there one or two or those around already?